Here’s a little taste of what Villanova coach Harry Perretta had to say about the Wildcats’ 76-43 loss to UConn on Tuesday:
On Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis becoming a more versatile player:
“I think she was always a versatile player, she’s just more experienced. With more experience you can do more things. That’s what I see, and that’s how I see their whole team evolve. As they get more experienced they are just passing the ball faster, they are shooting the ball more confidently.”
Is she becoming one of the best players in the country?
“It’s hard to judge today, because we aren’t Baylor, we’re not Notre Dame. But yes, she has the potential to become that level. I think she has the potential to do that, yes.”
What do you see from Stefanie Dolson?
“To me, I think it’s the biggest difference in their team that she has made herself a much better of a defender on the perimeter. Last year we took a little advantage of her with Laura (Sweeney), but today Laura couldn’t mismatch her. Once that happened, we couldn’t mismatch at any other position. As long as she does that on defense and her passing skills out of the high post are outstanding. I think last year she passed it well, but again, she’s a year older and she’s more mature.”
Was missing your first 3-point attempts from the field a key component to the game?
“For us, we have to make 10 3’s to stay with 15 points. I’m not even saying to win the game, just to stay within 15 points. My team this year, we have 16 wins, but we really aren’t that much better than we were last year. We’re a little more mature and we are winning closer games that we lost last year, but we aren’t close to making the jump to the top-5 in the country. I think we are a top-30 team, but there is a big difference between 30th and 5th, 30th and 1. They (UConn) go to Stanford and won by 30, so there is a big difference. For us, any chance we have to beat any opponent at a higher level is to make a lot of 3’s, which we didn’t do. I don’t think we missed them. I think their defense had a lot to do with it.”